- a combining form meaning “pus,” used in the formation of compound words: pyogenesis.
Also especially before a vowel, py-.
Origin of pyo-
< Greek, combining form of pýon; akin to Latin pūs pus
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before a vowel py-
- denoting puspyosis
Word Origin for pyo-
from Greek puon
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word-forming element meaning "pus," from comb. form of Greek puon "pus" (see pus).
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